Double eagle has landed: Watney makes albatross


SAN FRANCISCO – The Olympic Club really does like “long shots.”

Nick Watney holed out from 190 yards with a 5-iron for a double eagle at the 17th hole Thursday at the U.S. Open. He made a 2 on the 522-yard par 5.

Watch Watney's double eagle at the par-5 17th

It is just the third double eagle in this championship’s history, but it’s now back-to-back majors with one. Louis Oosthuizen holed his second shot at No. 2 at Augusta National for an albatross in the final round of The Masters this year.

Olympic is known more for its Jack Fleck kind of “long shot,” but Watney joins Alvaro Quiros in improbably holing out from afar here this week. In a practice round, Quiros made a hole-in-one at the seventh, a 288-yard par 4.

Club and yardage details on Watney’s double eagle were not immediately available.

T.C. Chen made the first recorded double eagle in U.S. Open history, holing out at the second hole in the first round at Oakland Hills in ’85. Shaun Micheel made the second at the sixth hole in the final round at Pebble Beach in 2010.